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Famed work features choral “Ode to Joy”

DAYTON OH - The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 09-10 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series continues with programs titled Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Immortal Ninth on Friday and Saturday, October 2 & 3, 2009, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.   

Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct the concerts, which will be highlighted by performances of Ludwig van Beethoven’s legendary Symphony No. 9.  Joining Gittleman, the DPO and the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus under the direction of Hank Dahlman for the Beethoven Symphony will be vocal soloists Mary Wilson, soprano; Susan Platts, mezzo soprano; Chad Johnson, tenor; and John Shuffle, bass-baritone.  Other works on the program include Tchaikovsky’s Coronation March and Stravinsky’s Suite from the Ballet The Fairy’s Kiss.    

Beethoven’s groundbreaking Ninth Symphony has all but defined the idea of musical immortality.  It introduced vocal soloists and chorus into the symphonic setting by incorporating part of Ode to Joy, a poem by Friedrich Schiller, into its climactic fourth movement.   No work of music is more beloved, more inspiring, or more appropriate to our time than this impassioned hymn to joy and universal brotherhood.
Tickets for the concerts of October 2 & 3 range from $12 - $59 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2009-2010 Classical Series is sponsored by Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals.  The performance of Saturday evening, October 3 is this year’s Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association Recognition Concert.  

For photographs of Neal Gittleman or any of the DPO’s various series’ guest artists, go to:  

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

Performance Place at the Schuster Center~109 North Main Street, Suite 200~Dayton, Ohio 45402

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